The Facts In The Case Of The Departure Of Miss Finch
Neil Gaiman & Michael Zulli
Dark Horse, 2007 (2007)
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Reviewed by Alex Telander
his original story from Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli, who have collaborated before on graphic novels, gives us an account of Miss Finch and her enigmatic disappearance through the eyes and memories of those who witnessed it.
he tale begins with the narrator and his two friends (a couple) who wish him to join them and Miss Finch on a fun night out. The man grudgingly agrees and is surprised when he meets Miss Finch, a strange looking woman in mysterious attire, who gives nothing of herself away. They decide to go to a circus they've heard about, which is unlike anything ever performed before. With a total of fifty people, they enter into the main room after finding the front door to the basement of a run down building. They are soon greeted by an introductory show of many strange creatures in many colors and looks. Everyone assumes them to be people in costumes, but they do look uncannily realistic.
hey are then greeted by the man in charge, who bears more than a striking resemblance to Alice Cooper. He guides them to the first of many rooms where bizarre events take place. There is the breathtaking knife throwing act; the Frankenstein-like creature with incredible strength; the room of black light creatures that again seem too real; and the room with the strange guillotine act. After taking a break at what seems like the end, the four find themselves alone and enter into another room where they are greeted by darkness and then wild animals and a wild woman who looks familiar. As they think they are about to die, the room turns to black and they exit, only to find Miss Finch is no longer with them.
he Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch
is a strange story that makes one question what one is actually seeing - what is reality and what is not. Conveyed via the skilful writing of Gaiman and the haunting artistic style of Zulli, this graphic novel leaves a lasting impression on the reader.
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